Joe Flaherty

Actor, Writer, Producer
As a member of the groundbreaking sketch comedy series "SCTV" (syndicated/NBC/ Cinemax, 1977-1984), improvisational actor Joe Flaherty may not have enjoyed the notoriety of contemporaries like John Belushi and Bill ... Read more »
Born: 06/21/1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (72)

Summerhood 2014 (Movie)

Camp Director (Actor)

Gota Kanal 3 - Kanalkungens hemlighet 2009 (Movie)

Peter Black (Actor)

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Jeb, the Goat (Actor)

National Security 2003 (Movie)

Owen Fergus (Actor)

Disney's Teamo Supremo 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney's The Legend of Tarzan 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Ellen 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Police Academy: The Series 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Slackers 2002 (Movie)

Mr Leonard (Actor)

The King of Queens 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Freddy Got Fingered 2001 (Movie)

William (Actor)

Go Fish 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Freaks and Geeks 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

Father McNulty (Actor)

The Don's Analyst 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Snowboard Academy 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Happy Gilmore 1996 (Movie)

Jeering Fan (Actor)

The Louie Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wrong Guy 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hardball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

John Candy: A Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Stuart Saves His Family 1995 (Movie)

Cousin Ray (Actor)

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wedding Band 1990 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

A Girl's Life 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Future II 1989 (Movie)

Western Union Man (Actor)

Baloney 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Second City's 15th Anniversary Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Speed Zone 1989 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

The Best of SCTV 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Who's Harry Crumb? 1989 (Movie)

Doorman (Actor)

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Limited Partners 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Poison 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Monkey 1987 (Movie)

George Baker (Actor)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

Waiting Room Patient (Actor)

Club Paradise 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Martin Short Concert For the North Americas 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

One Crazy Summer 1986 (Movie)

General Raymond (Actor)

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

Sid Sleaze (Actor)

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Dangerously 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

SCTV Network 1977 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Berserk 1983 (Movie)

Chick Leff (Actor)

By Design 1982 (Movie)

Veteran Father (Actor)

From Cleveland 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Heavy Metal 1981 (Movie)

of General (Voice)

Stripes 1981 (Movie)

Sergeant Crocker (Actor)

Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

Sam Slaton (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

USOMC (Actor)

The Lady in Red 1978 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Alex & the Gypsy 1975 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

Crazy for Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Dogmatic (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Looking For Miracles (TV Show)

Actor

Maniac Mansion (TV Show)

Actor

Must Be Santa (TV Show)

Actor

Really Weird Tales (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue Knight (TV Show)

Actor

The Industry (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Partners in Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Producer

Really Weird Tales (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (1)

Really Weird Tales (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

As a member of the groundbreaking sketch comedy series "SCTV" (syndicated/NBC/ Cinemax, 1977-1984), improvisational actor Joe Flaherty may not have enjoyed the notoriety of contemporaries like John Belushi and Bill Murray, however the show would serve to inspire and influence an entire generation of future comedy powerhouses, such as Matt Groening and Judd Apatow. Flaherty learned the comedic improv ropes on the famed stages of the Second City theaters in Chicago and Toronto before joining the inaugural cast of "SCTV" in 1977. Along with cast mates that included Martin Short and John Candy, he created such iconic characters as effusive talk show host Sammy Maudlin and the hickish Big Jim McBob from the "Farm Film Report," winning two Emmy Awards for writing in the process. During and after his tenure on the program, Flaherty appeared in dozens of films and televisions shows, including memorable turns in "Stripes" (1981), "Back to the Future II" (1989), and "Happy Gilmore" (1996). With the character of Harold Weir, the overprotective father from "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000), the actor once again exhibited his knack for playing characters simultaneously caustic and endearing. More than 25 years after the demise of "SCTV," the work of Flaherty and his crazed cohorts continued to elicit laughs from audiences and shape the comedic instincts of aspiring comedy writers and actors.

Relationships

Judith Flaherty

Wife
married c. 1977 divorced c. 1997

Gudrun Flaherty

Daughter
born c. 1979

Gabriel Flaherty

Son
born c. 1990

Milestones

2001

Had featured role in the NBC summer sitcom "Go Fish"

1999

Played a priest in the rock and roll road trip feature "Detroit Rock City"

1999

Had a featured role as a dogcatcher in the ABC comedy movie "Dogmatic", the tale of an executive who trades places with his dog

1997

Starred as a psychiatrist kidnapped by a crime family, employed to dissuade their unhappy Don from giving up the lifestyle, in "The Don's Analyst", aired on The Movie Channel

1997

Portrayed Commander Stuart Hefilfinger on the short lived syndicated offerring "Police Academy: The Series"

1997

Guest starred on an episode of "Ellen" (ABC)

1996

Had a recurring role alongside "Freaks and Geeks" creator Paul Feig on CBS' short-lived sitcom "The Louie Show"

1996

Acted in the hit comedy feature "Happy Gilmore"

1995

Had a featured role in the "Saturday Night Live" sketch spin-off feature "Stuart Saves His Family", directed by Harold Ramis

1995

Starred in the ABC family movie "Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare", about a competitive group's family Olympics

1994

Guest starred on episodes of "Hardball" (Fox), "Phenom" (ABC) and "Nurses" (NBC)

1994

Played the father of a runaway girl in the Showtime remake "Runaway Daughters"

1993

Had a guest voice role on ABC's "Dinosaurs"

1992

Was featured in the NBC comedy special "Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car"

1989

Featured in the HBO comedy special "I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood"

1989

Played loony dentist Dr. Plierson, guest starring on an episode of Fox's "Married... With Children"

1989

Had featured roles in the films "Who's Harry Crumb?", "Speed Zone" and "Back to the Future II"

1989

Gave a Gemini award-winning performance in the Disney Channel movie "Looking For Miracles"

1988

Appeared in the Showtime comedy series "Poison"

1987

Was featured in the benefit comedy show "Comic Relief II"

1986

Played Bill Sykes in the Showtime comedy special "Dave Thomas: The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood"

1986

Appeared in the features "Club Paradise" and "One Crazy Summer"

1986

Was writer, executive producer and host of the suspense anthology spoof "Really Weird Tales" (HBO)

1985

Played Sid Sleaze in the children's feature "Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird"

1985

Appeared in "Martin Short Concert for the North Americas", a Showtime comedy special starring the fellow "SCTV" veteran

1984

Acted in the gangster comedy "Johnny Dangerously"

1983

Starred alongside fellow "SCTV" performers John Candy and Eugene Levy in the zany comedy feature "Going Berrserk"

1981

Featured in the Bill Murray military comedy "Stripes", alongside "SCTV" co-stars John Candy and Dave Thomas

1981

Had a featured voice role in cult-favorite animated feature "Heavy Metal"

1979

Appeared in Steven Spielberg's epic war comedy misfire "1941"

1968

Moved to Chicago to join the city's famed Second City comedy troupe

1962

Returned home to Pittsburgh at age 21 and briefly pursued a career as a draftsman (date approximate)

1959

Served in the US Air Force for four years (date approximate)

Pursued an acting career in Pittsburgh

Worked onstage at the ill-fated Santa Monica Second City

Began his acting career in children's theater at the Pittsburgh Playhouse

As Count Floyd, was regularly featured on live-action segments of the animated series "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley" (NBC)

Left Second City to work on the National Lampoon Show

Directed, wrote and starred on the Family Channel series "Maniac Mansion", playing wacky inventor Dr. Fred Edison

Changed last name from O'Flaherty to Flaherty as there was already a Joe O'Flaherty in the union

Returned to Second City and starred on the comedy series "SCTV Network" (syndicated, NBC, Cinemax), where he created such memorable characters as Guy Caballero, owner of the wheelchair-bound network owner and horror host Count Floyd

Played overbearing father Harold Weir on the NBC series "Freaks and Geeks"

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